The Spear Corps of the Indian Army has issued a statement clarifying the recent incidents involving central forces. It stated that there have been fabricated attempts to malign the image of the Assam Rifles which has been engaged in restoring peace in violence-hit Manipur.
It stated that the Assam Rifles will continue to remain firm and resolute in carrying out actions to prevent any attempt that could result in furthering violence in strife-torn Manipur.
“Some inimical elements have made desperate, repeated, and failed attempts to question the role, intent, and integrity of the central security forces, especially Assam Rifles, working relentlessly towards saving lives and restoration of peace in Manipur from May 3 onwards,” the statement said.
The army said it needs to be understood that due to the complex nature of the situation on the ground in Manipur, occasional differences at the tactical level do occur between various security forces.
However, all such misunderstandings at the functional level are immediately addressed through the joint mechanism to synergise the efforts for the restoration of peace and normalcy in Manipur.
The Army said two instances emerged over the last 24 hours aimed at maligning the image of Assam Rifles. In the first case, it said, the Assam Rifles battalion has acted strictly in accordance with the mandate of the Unified Headquarters of strict enforcement of buffer zone guidelines towards the aim of preventing violence between the two communities.
In the second case, it said, the Assam Rifles being moved out of an area is not even related to them.
An infantry battalion of the army is deployed in the area, since the crisis erupted in May, from where the narrative of Assam Rifles being moved out has been made, it said.
“The Indian Army and Assam Rifles assure the people of Manipur that they will continue to remain firm and resolute in our actions to prevent any attempt that could result in furthering violence in an already volatile atmosphere,” the statement said.
The Manipur Police has registered an FIR, accusing the Assam Rifles of blocking their vehicle after an altercation between the two groups last week.
The police in its FIR claimed that they were stopped by the 9th Assam Rifles when they proceeded to Pholjang Road along Kwakta as a follow-up action to conduct search operations in an arms Act case in search of Kuki militants.